Redemption And Restoration
Hands Of Grace by Brenda Anderson is a delightful
contemporary Christian novel surrounding grace, forgiveness and second chances.
It is part of the Potter’s House series of books but can be read as a
A focus of the novel is dementia. Brenda
Anderson has sensitively portrayed this whilst showing the difficulties faced
daily by those caring for their loved ones. “Nothing was tougher than watching
your loved ones lose themselves.” Patience and love radiates throughout.
Forgiveness and grace are major themes. “I’ve
done too much to be forgiven.” No one is ever so far from God that He casts
them out. No matter where we’ve been, no matter what we’ve done, God longs for
each and every one of us to return to Him. He longs to welcome us home. In Him
we can have a new beginning because of His free gift of grace.
There is the theme of trust. We develop trust
issues when people let us down. “One more person lying to her, building up her
bank of mistrust.” We do need to open ourselves up to trusting others again.
Not everyone we meet is out to deceive us. Some huge characters give out of the
goodness of their hearts.
A New Beginning
Brenda Anderson is a delightful Christian contemporary tale and features in
Hope Is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology. The story follows on from A
God is at the heart of the story. He is our
good, good Father who is waiting for each and every one of us to hear and
respond to His voice. “It had taken years, but [he] had at last seen God’s
light and run to it.” God is a patient God. Running to Him is the best decision we will ever make.
Prayer is important. It is our lifeline. “God
was always ready with a listening ear.” God hears all our prayers. If we have a
difficult situation, we need to take it to God first. “Before they talked… he
needed to be all prayed up.”
Life competes for our attention. “Somehow being
back in the states, God’s voice had lost its clarity.” We need to make sure we
make God our priority.
Dancing In The Rain
A Beautiful Mess by Brenda Anderson is a powerful
contemporary novel that focuses on love and forgiveness. It is part of the
Mosaic Collection but can be read as a stand-alone.
Brenda Anderson has created a marvellous mix of
characters once again. They are realistically flawed, battling with issues that
the reader can empathise with.
Forgiveness is a major theme. We all need to
dispense and receive forgiveness. It is something that we all struggle with.
When people wrong us we need to look to the example of Jesus. “Jesus loved him
[Judas] regardless of that betrayal.” Betrayal hurts. We cannot stop it
happening but we can choose our responses. “I’ve decided I can’t wallow in it.
I can’t be bitter.”
Re-shaped By The Master Potter
Home Another Way by Brenda Anderson is a delightful
contemporary Christian romance. It is the eighteenth book in the Potter’s House
series but can be read as a stand-alone.
God is at the very core of the novel. We are
all called to be His eyes and ears, His hands and feet to a hurting world. “We
were God’s hands and feet.” The story surrounds the plight of the homeless. We
are to be “Jesus to broken people.” People become homeless for all sorts of
reasons, they need to be shown hope and love, not judgment. They need to know
that they matter. “She was seeing them, every person, and making each feel
Sometimes it seems as if the homeless are
invisible as people walk on by. Every homeless person is dearly loved by God. “We
need to see them not as homeless people, but as children of God.”